Gender Ministry & Partners Join The World In Commemorating The Universal Children's Day

Gender Ministry & Partners Join The World In Commemorating The Universal Children's Day Gender Ministry & Partners Join The World In Commemorating The Universal Children's Day
Gender Ministry & Partners Join The World In Commemorating The Universal Children's Day
 
Historically, November 20 each year is celebrated as Universal children’s day. The day established in 1954 is to promote, advocate and celebrate the rights and welfare of children globally. Interestingly, it coincides with the day marking the anniversary of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the signing of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The day was first proclaimed International Children Day on June 1st in 1925 in Geneva with the sole aim of protecting children's rights and abolishing child labor as a whole.
 
Liberia as a signatory has made significant efforts by enacting legislations, policies and programs to address the rights and welfare of children. 
 
Internationally, as the fight to protect the rights of children continues and recognizing that violence against children is a global issue which must be addressed globally, the European Union and the United Nations in collaboration with national governments have join a global, multi-year partnership (Spotlight Initiatives) to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls by 2030. It is the world largest targeted efforts to end violence against children for the achievement of the sustainable development goals which are geared towards responding to all forms of violence against children with a particular focus on domestic and family violence, harmful practices as well as trafficking in persons.
 
This year universal children day is hinged on advocacies such as: Children and young people exercising their rights to be heard on the impacts of COVID-19 on them; advocating and ensuring the rights and wellbeing of children are protected; ensuring children understand the importance of their rights and responsibilities; ensuring children explore their talents through dancing, singing, culture, sports, debate, etc.
 
As part of the celebration, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the Liberian National Children’s Representative Forum (LNCRF) with support from partners are expected to distribute the following in schools and communities: the simplified version of the UNCRC/children‘s law, the National Child Protection Policy, the Liberian Children Manifesto, the Children’s Law of Liberia and other International Instruments.
 
The Leadership of the Liberian National Children’s Representative Forum has committed to providing the annual report to the Fifteen (15) counties children’s forum in plenary on the EU/UNICEF/GOL spotlight initiatives and other activities implemented by the Forum since the 16th of June 2019. 
 
Street children, orphans, children with disabilities and students/youth will form part of the observance.

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